Auckland Council of Support to Christchurch
22 February 2011
Message of Support to
The Mayor has this afternoon
sent a message to support to his counterpart in
In the wake of today’s 6.3 Richter
scale earthquake in Christchurch, Len Brown told Bob Parker
the thoughts of Auckland are with Christchurch today. “We
all have friends and family in Canterbury and we feel for
you at this time,” he said.
will do everything it can to help as the people of
Christchurch pick up the pieces. In the meantime, our
thoughts and our prayers are with you.”
says he will discuss a number of options with council
officers, including the provision of road and water
engineering support, civil defence, and specialists in
building consents if these are requested.
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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>